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Old 01-23-2020, 11:40 AM
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text as image - artists book, work in progress



I'm starting a series exploring text and music as a basis for abstract work. The words in these are not a narrative (simply the letters of my name - Vivien). They will blur and blend and move on. First ideas ...

This first one is charcoal and white chalk on a mix of black and white paper, cut and collaged and worked into a little more. 20 inches wide approx x 10in tall approx

I decided to do these explorations as an artists book, 29cm square (almost 12 inches), a concertina that will open out wide.

Not sure where it's going just experimenting as I go.


Then I photographed it and added colour in Procreate. I'll do more of that, changing, combining and manipulating images as I go. So far having fun and letting it evolve, no fixed ideas other than working to a scale that will fit the book, which I'm adding pages to as I go.

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I'll photograph the 'book' tomorrow
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Re: text as image - artists book, work in progress

Starting off very interesting, Vivien! Can't wait to see what all you do to it.
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I agree with Kay - very, Very interesting!

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Very cool! Love the layers
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Re: text as image - artists book, work in progress

Interesting idea and process. As you say fun. Looking forward to the progression, bet you are too🙂
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Re: text as image - artists book, work in progress

Very exciting allways good to follows ones gut instinct and go with it even if at the time it may not make full sense
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Re: text as image - artists book, work in progress

thank you all

so I started putting it together as a book 29cm square, just under 12 inches

On the face of it I'll weave images in and out of each other and on the reverse make notes of what I did and stick less successful bits as examples of techniques used - and thoughts about where it's going



book beginning - long way to go




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digital experiment playing with one of the pieces done with printing ink, phoographed and colour added in procreate



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and one of the prints worked into with a gold posca pen and some coloured pencil and a touch of ballpoint pen
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very interesting!
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Re: text as image - artists book, work in progress

i was manning a pastel exhibition today with a group I belong to - some were doing demos. I decided to work on the ipad in 'pastel' to do another in the series, to add to the book



it's based on the word fog - I wanted to get the feel of a foggy dark light, car lights shining on the wet road and windows lit, the text half seen. As it developed the light negative spaces sort of spell ice - so Fog and Ice
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